Science

The WRHS Science Department strives for excellence in the science education of all its graduates. We recognize the fact that science is a human endeavor designed to achieve an increasingly comprehensive and reliable understanding of the human species and its environment. Scientific literacy is an important key to a functioning, technology-based society.

WRHS Science Department Classes and Faculty

AP Physics C: Mechanics optional summer work

This course is designed to be taught simultaneously with an AP Calculus class.  However, basic differentiation & integrations are needed in AP Physics before they are covered in AP Calculus.  To begin the year with the proper mathematical skills, students are asked to complete the readings and practice problems on pages 64-108 and 151-184 of Quick Calculus: A Self-Teaching Guide by Daniel Kleppner and Norman Ramsey over the summer.  The book will help students initially learn the basic differentiation and integrations needed for the course.  This is an ungraded, optional assignment.

Dave Entwistle's AP Physics C: Mechanics Google Classroom code is : 6whkzta

Here is a link to directly join the class.

Attached below is the full PDF of the textbook for the summer assignment.


The WRHS Science Program

WRHS students must successfully complete three years (15 credits) of science course work. To complete this requirement, students typically take Freshman Physics in Grade 9, Biology during sophomore year, and Chemistry during junior year. All these courses are offered at the H, CPA, and CP levels. College bound students are strongly urged to take at least two years of laboratory science courses. The complete Science Department Program Guide contains a detailed course descriptions, as well as sequences and prerequisites.

The WRHS Science Department believes homework is necessary to help students achieve at the high academic level necessary for college preparation. Schoolwork done outside of class provides training in study habits, skills and discipline; it reinforces and increases background knowledge and conceptual understanding; and it provides experiences in problem-solving and self-monitoring. In particular, it provides students an opportunity for them to take personal responsibility for their own achievement.